January Ask Terry Posted

Terry Brooks

For many years the only chance a fan had of speaking to Terry was to meet him at tour events or conventions.

With the establishment of this website in 2000, Terry began accepting two questions from each fan per month. On the last day of the month, five questions are randomly drawn. Terry answers these five questions and they are posted monthly for your enjoyment.

Below are the questions selected from January 2020 and Terry’s answers! Enjoy!

Note: This section may contain spoilers!


Hey Gang of Many,

Hope you are all following the rules and using wipes and washing your hands and staying away from strange people – like your relatives.  This is all easy for a writer who stays home most of the time anyway and works there and eats and sleeps there.  Feels like nothing has changed.  Except for the terrible reports from both the US and around the world on how the virus is affecting people.  But this, too, shall pass.

Meanwhile, I have all these Ask Terry questions to entertain myself, so let’s get to it!

Anonymous writes: I just finished The Black Irix. It hints at another meeting between Flick and Panamon Creel. Is that story something that might be written?

Terry Brooks replies: I might be wrong, but I think it is already written as a short story and will appear in my collection of short fiction early next year (I hope).  The title is Small Magic, and there are selections from all three series and a few other stories thrown in for good measure.

John Klaus writes: Has anyone thought about taking the Shannara TV series to Netflix? 

Terry Brooks replies:  They have and it is being explored.  I do not hold out hope, but then I see the glass as all the way empty when it comes to films of my books.  Haven’t heard anything in quite a while about Shannara in film, but we will see.

Nate Weinand writes: Who was in the Hadeshorn before Galaphile?

Terry Brooks replies: Good question.  Any opinions on this one?  I haven’t written about the Hadeshorn from before the time of Bremen, so the answer remains unclear.  I do have some thoughts, but I think I will keep them to myself for now.

Gary Stinson writes: Would you ever be amenable to seeing another video game adaptation of your work?

Terry Brooks replies: Oh, sure.  But it isn’t as easy as it seems with Shannara.  All those rights are still connected to the TV show, which doesn’t release for another couple of years.  No one has made a good pitch on anything else, and since my gaming interest is just above comatose, nothing much has happened.  If someone came in with a good idea, I would be the first to jump on it.

Linda Pretty writes: Firstly, I must thank you as it was you who got me into the fantasy genre and I haven’t looked back since! I love all of your books and have read them more than once. My question is based on Allanon. I would love to learn more of his earlier life becoming a Druid. Is this a possibility? I’m dreading your last book in the Fall of Shannara. I feel it will be definitely the end of an amazing era. Lots of love all the way from the UK!

Terry Brooks replies: I think more on Allanon’s early years is a distinct possibility.  Not sure if I would write it or someone else would.  Just now, I have nothing on the drawing boards about Shannara because I have concluded the story and am taking a break to write other things.  But if I go back at some point, I am quite sure I would come at it from a different angle and give it a new look.

Thank you all for your interest and attention.  Let’s keep hoping and reading books to help pass the time.  Back soon with a new edition of Ask Terry.   

Stay healthy. And read something great.

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